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Soundbars vs Surround Sound Systems: Is There a Difference?

Soundbars vs Surround Sound Systems: Is There a Difference?

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Whenever we are buying new devices, we are trying to get the best possible model for our money. However, our choice is not always only ours. We often decide what to buy based on the current trends, our current budget, where we are going to use certain device, etc. The same rule applies to buying speakers for our working or living space. We are sure most of us would like to experience watching a movie with an expensive home theater system. If we had that in our homes, we wouldn’t even have to go to the cinema. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough money to spend on these systems or enough space to place that kind of a system. This is where the compromising begins. In this article, we will try to list and explain all the differences between soundbars and surround sound speaker systems an
How to Set Up Wireless Speakers for the Best Sound

How to Set Up Wireless Speakers for the Best Sound

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Wireless speakers are one of the best achievements of modern technology and they have become quite popular in recent years. We are constantly trying to make our lives easier by buying devices that are more practical and easy to handle. We use them all the time, at home, at work, even on vacation. One of the most popular representatives of this group of devices are wireless and Bluetooth devices. The most popular products are probably Bluetooth headphones and earbuds but we can’t really say that wireless and Bluetooth speakers are less popular than the headphones. There are many reasons for their popularity. They don’t have those annoying wires that can make a real mess in any room no matter how big it is, you can move them easily from one room to another or use them even in front of you
Speaker Sensitivity Explained

Speaker Sensitivity Explained

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Reading all those numbers from the speaker’s specifications list can be a real nightmare if you don’t know what to look for and what all the numbers mean. Even if you have some basic understanding of these specifications, you might get confused by different measurement methods and different units. One of the characteristics that can be really tricky is speaker sensitivity and there are numerous reasons for that – some manufacturers call it efficiency (sensitivity and efficiency are not the same things), some manufacturers use dB at 1m per 1W, others use dB at 1m per 2.83V, different manufacturers use different measurement methods, etc. The main problem with sensitivity is that there is no industry standard when it comes to measuring and unit of measurement that would be the same for all th
Are Volume-Limiting Headphones Safe for Your Child?

Are Volume-Limiting Headphones Safe for Your Child?

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Almost every child today has a phone, tablet or uses his/her parent’s computer occasionally. You may consider it positive or not but the facts are facts and we all have to accept them and deal with them. As children start using these devices at an early age (even at the age of 3 or 4), many parents are trying to ensure at least some basic protection for their children’s ears. Luckily, many companies have started producing special volume-limiting headphones that are supposed to be safe for children. We say “supposed to be safe” because we are not confident about them and in this article, we will discuss it and explain our opinion. What Are Volume-Limiting Headphones? Volume-limiting headphones are headphones specially made to enable listening to music in a “safe” mode. Their loudness is l
What Are Stereo Amplifiers and How Do They Work?

What Are Stereo Amplifiers and How Do They Work?

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Before we start talking about stereo amplifiers, let’s say a few words about amplifiers in general because we are sure many people don’t completely understand the working principle of an amplifier. What Are Amplifiers? The first amplifier was invented by an American engineer Lee de Forest in the early 1900’s. The invention was, in fact, the electron vacuum tube that was named ‘’Audion’’ and its purpose was to amplify weak current. That, however, wasn’t the final design of the amplifier as the followers of Mr. de Forest (Irving Langmuir and Edward Armstrong) managed to really understand how the amplifier worked and perfect it based on the new knowledge. They made the triode – vacuum tube with no air that contains three components (positive terminal – platinum plate, negative terminal – ca
Ways to Connect Your Soundbar to Your TV

Ways to Connect Your Soundbar to Your TV

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We will all agree that modern technologies make our lives much easier. It is easier to communicate, we can work from home, etc. The devices are being improved every day and we aren’t stuck with one piece of equipment for a long time. The good thing is we get to choose and we have more options than before. However, every improvement changes the way we use our devices. They used to be very simple, each of them had only one purpose, and we could connect it to only one device. Today, we can use them in many different ways. Modern devices, especially TVs, speaker systems or soundbars, can be connected to many different devices and they have numerous input and output ports. Connecting your soundbar to your TV is not very difficult and there are two main ways to connect them but the way you
How to Optimize Speaker Performance

How to Optimize Speaker Performance

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If you have thought that sound quality of your speakers depends only on the quality of construction, you’ve been wrong. Every speaker can sound better or worse, depending on the room where it is held. There are many things you can do to improve your speaker performance and this article will explain them thoroughly. When it comes to speaker performance, it’s not all about buying them, bringing them home and turning them on (especially if you have a speaker system or a home theater system). No matter how much you pay for them, they may not work perfectly in your house unless you make some adjustments. There are so many things you can do and it takes some time and experimenting to achieve the best possible results. The most important things in those situations are the acoustic propert
Do Headphones Increase Your Risk of Hearing Loss?

Do Headphones Increase Your Risk of Hearing Loss?

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Headphones are the unavoidable accessories for the majority of the population, especially young people and businessmen. This is the fact and we can do nothing about that. Modern global living conditions (which mostly refer to the living conditions in big cities) dictate behavior rules and create our lifestyle. To be honest, it is quite difficult to survive crowds, noise, commuting, etc. Music makes everything easier and everyday activities like walking through the noisy city, riding on crowded buses or using metro are not the exception. If we benefit from a piece of technology, we shouldn’t stop using it because it can harm us at some point. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages. The point is to become aware of the potential damage and try to avoid it as much as possible.
Is it Good to Listen to Music While Studying?

Is it Good to Listen to Music While Studying?

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Listening to music has become the most common background activity in our lives. We use our MP3 players, phones, and other audio devices to listen to music while walking, running, driving, working, or even sleeping. Music has that lovely ability to make everything we do much easier, but the question is - does the music make us better at what we do? Researchers have proven that music can improve our endurance and performance when running, jogging, working out or doing any physical job, but what kind of influence music has on intellectual activities is much harder question, and the answer is ambiguous. If we observe only studying as a specific intellectual activity, things don’t get much simpler. There are numerous standpoints on what kind of influence different types of music have on studyin
Music and Studying – Which Music is the Best for Learning

Music and Studying – Which Music is the Best for Learning

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We all can agree that listening to a certain style of music can help you learn faster, improve your memorization skills and even help you retain more information while you study. Of course, there are some people that need their peace and quiet in order to learn, but on the other hand, listening to a specific type of music while studying can help you boost your performance. Choosing a right music for studying is unbelievably important, and people tend to underestimate it.  Even though it is said that to study it is absolutely necessary to be in a quite environment without any possibility of a distraction. This choice can easily backfire and leave you sleeping at your desk. Effect of music on the brain You’ve all probably heard of “Mozart Effect”, that is a result of a set of resear